In the order issued Monday, it states that Pacific County will remove the local jurisdiction restrictions regarding recreational razor clam digs, reopen beach approaches, and implement phased reopening of hospitality lodging.
The health officer states that the county is expected to stay in each phase for a minimum of three weeks and specified date ranges are based on data that will be continuously monitored, and are subject to change.
“Although Pacific County Has Minimal Confirmed Cases Of Infection, In Order To Limit Disease Spread And Allow Phased Reopening To Progress, Persons And Businesses Must Follow Proper Safety Plans And Social Distancing.”
Effective immediately , the order to close beach approaches and hospitality lodging is cancelled.
Effective June 1, the Pacific COunty Health Officer closure of recreational clam digging will be revoked.
In addition, prior to June 1, 2020, the following dates for recreational clam digging in Pacific County are allowed under this order: May 21, 26, and 28, 2020 subject to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife approval of open clam digging.
The following ORDER OF THE PACIFIC COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER PHASED REOPENING PLAN is effective immediately.
As of May 18, 2020, all beach approaches within Pacific County will be opened.
Hospitality lodging occupancy is determined by type of lodging and timeline of phased reopening. See “Pacific County COVID-19 Public Health Order Phased Reopening Plan” (ADDENDUM A) for specific phase guidance.
Maximum occupancy percentage (%) includes short-term rentals/tenancies/occupancies only. It does not include individuals who live in hospitality lodging or RVs as permanent residents of Pacific County.
Safety plans (ADDENDUM C) with all required components must be implemented prior to the opening of hospitality lodging and maintained throughout all phases.
Safety plan checklist/certification (ADDENDUM C) must be submitted for approval to Pacific County Public Health via email to pceocOps@co.pacific.wa.us.
Exceptions may also be approved in writing by the Public Health Officer or his designee for purposes necessary to assist in controlling or preventing the spread of COVID-19, or to promote the public health. Contact the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center to request an exception on weekdays from 8:00am-4:00pm at (360) 875-9407 or (360) 642-9407.
Scientists are following several paths in the battle with COVID-19 as they seek to help treat patients in the short term and protect the population in the future.
The global pandemic has prompted possibly the largest and fastest mobilization of the global scientific community we’ve ever seen. Researchers are working around the clock to find a solution, trials are being initiated at record speed, and businesses are offering up their resources to help in any way they can. It has been a collective response encompassing governments, academia, charities, the pharmaceutical industry, and local communities. But with all that effort, how close are we to a developing a drug to treat or prevent COVID-19?
When it comes to new treatment options, there are three routes that can make a difference for patients both in the near- and mid-term: developing a new vaccine; replicating the antibodies that fight the virus; repurposing existing drugs that might be effective.
The reason for following all of these paths is that they take differing amounts of time to achieve. Developing a drug from scratch can take years while discovering that an existing approved drug is effective can be a matter of weeks. And this is critical for helping seriously ill patients as soon as possible.
Projected timeline for treatment and prevention. Source: data from The Milken Institute, which recently released a detailed tracker to monitor the progress of each of the known COVID-19 treatments and preventions currently in development.